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First Lady Michelle Obama to attend Whitney Museum of American Art dedication ceremony

— April 2015

Associated media

Part of the facade of the new Whitney building

Joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, architect Renzo Piano, and Whitney Museum leaders. Live webcast to be available to the public.

There will be a dedication ceremony and official ribbon-cutting for the new home of the Whitney Museum of American Arton Thursday, 30 April 2015, at 11a.m.

The Whitney’s new building returns the Museum to downtown Manhattan, where it was founded in 1930 by artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. The 220,000-square-foot building in the Meatpacking District doubles the Museum’s exhibition space, enabling the Whitney to present its innovative exhibitions and programmes in the context of the world’s foremost collection of 20th-century and contemporary American art. The building opens to the public on Friday, 1 May 2015.


Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States of America
Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York
Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director, Whitney Museum of American Art
Renzo Piano, architect; Chairman and Founding Partner, Renzo Piano Building Workshop (also the architect behind London's 'Shard' building)
Robert J. Hurst, Co-chairman, Whitney Board of Trustees
Brooke Garber Neidich, Co-chairman, Whitney Board of Trustees
Neil G. Bluhm, President, Whitney Board of Trustees
Flora Miller Biddle, Honorary Chairman, Whitney Board of Trustees, and granddaughter of Museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

Other participants

Matana Roberts, composer and alto saxophonist, performing a commissioned musical work, Incantation
The Wooster Group, renowned experimental theatre company, performing the ribbon-cutting, and teens from the Whitney’s Youth Insights Program

Please note

Admittance to the ceremony is by invitation only.

A live webcast will be available to the public at

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
New York
NY 10014

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